Abner continues the negotiations.
He goes to David…
Then Abner and twenty men with him came to David at Hebron.
And David made a feast for Abner and the men who were with him.
Abner said to David, “Let me arise and go and gather all Israel to my lord the king, that they may make a covenant with you, and that you may be king over all that your soul desires.”
So David sent Abner away, and he went in peace.
And behold, the servants of David and Joab came from a raid and brought much spoil with them; but Abner was not with David in Hebron, for he had sent him away,
and he had gone in peace.
When Joab and all the army that was with him arrived, they told Joab, saying, “Abner the son of Ner came to the king, and he has sent him away, and he has gone in peace.”
Then Joab came to the king and said, “What have you done? Behold, Abner came to you;
why then have you sent him away and he is already gone?
“You know Abner the son of Ner, that he came to deceive you and to learn of your going out and coming in and to find out all that you are doing.”
Abner explained to David the plan.
He wanted to gather Israel to David.
Abner left in peace to return to expedite.
Shortly after Abner’s departure, Joab and the army of David returned.
He learned of Abner’s visit and departure.
Joab was not happy.
He confronted King David.
“What have you done?”
“Why did you send Abner away?”
Joab accused Abner of deceit and trickery in the plan.
Joab accused him of being a spy…spying out the situation for an attack.
The “palace” intrigue continues.
The same thing happens daily in the professing/organizational church.
Protection of position.
How many time have I heard “I am the…”?
Be forewarned of this time of chicanery.
Be aware it is a strategy of the evil one.